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SeriousGrounds to strike

Political strikes are a cry of alarm for employees and the unemployed. The Orpo-Purra Government has not listened to workers concerns about the unfair cuts to social welfare and unnecessary erosion of working conditions.

We are calling for the Government to make its policy more employee-friendly, and to engage in genuine dialogue with employee representatives about changes that will affect the world of work.

Last updated: 27.03.2024

SeriousGrounds strike locations

SeriousGrounds Strikes 11-24 March, 23-31 March and 1-7 April

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK has sought to establish negotiation contacts with the government over the past few weeks and has presented its significant concessions. Despite this, the government has not responded to the workers’ concerns. As a result, SAK-affiliated trade unions began two-week political strikes on Monday, 11 March 2024. Decisions on continued strikes have been made twice.

The strikes mainly target exports, goods transport, and process industries. PAM supports the strikes and has decided that service sector workers will also be on strike at the strike targets announced by other unions. PAM’s union representatives are in contact with workers who fall within the scope of the strike.

In practice, this means workers under the following collective agreements, in the announced locations are on strike:

  • Property services collective agreement
  • Collective agreement for employees in the tourism, restaurant, and leisure services
  • Collective agreement for supervisors in the tourism, restaurant, and leisure services

For PAM, the strike decision only concerns other unions’ targets that have been announced for a strike for the entire two weeks. This does not include possible shorter strikes announced by other unions that fall within the same period.

Strike targets

Applying for SeriousGrounds strike pay

Apply for SeriousGrounds strike pay for the strikes 11-24 March, 25-31 March and 1-7 April through a separate application form. You can get the link from your union representative (luottamusmies) or by sending an e-mail to lakko@pam.fi. State that you are part of the strike and leave your contact details (name, phone number, company you work for, and the location from which you are striking).

Strikes 14-16 February

PAM decided on political strikes on 14-16 February 2024 in commerce sector logistics centres. The strikes are against the the cuts in working conditions and social welfare by the Orpo-Purra government. About 10 000 workers will be on strike.

PAM’s strike locations on 14-16 February

1 and 2 February

PAM’s strike sites on Thursday 1 February 2024 and

Action day on 14 December

About a hundred thousand employees took part in the strikes on the SeriousGrounds Action Day on 14 December, of which 10000 in PAM’s sectors. When the strikes were announced, the trade union confederation SAK highlighted its willingness to engage if there were to be genuine negotiations. The government did not respond to the invitation to negotiate, and therefore the broad political strikes took place.

Week 48

CityObject of strikeAddressDuration of strike
TuusulaMeira Nova Oy / Tuusulan logistiikkakeskusPalkkitie 10, 04300 TuusulaWednesday 29.11. 06.00 – thursday 30.11. 05.59
MäntsäläBarona Logistiikkaratkaisut Oy / Mäntsälän logistiikkakeskusIsolammintie 1, 04600 MäntsäläKello 00.00-23.59
MäntsäläTokmanni Oy / Mäntsälän logistiikkakeskusIsolammintie 1, 04600 MäntsäläKello 00.00-23.59
HelsinkiL&T Siivous, Santahaminan varuskuntaSantahaminantie 1, 00860 HelsinkiKello 00.00-23.59
PorvooOsuuskauppa Varuboden-Osla Handelslag / S-market Näsi/S-pankkiAleksanterinkaari 1, 06100 PorvooKello 17.00-23.59
PorvooLidl NäsiMaistraatinkatu 2, 06100 PorvooKello 17.00-23.59
PorvooLidl TarmolaAsentajantie 5, 06100 PorvooKello 17.00-23.59

Häme

CityObject of strikeAddressDuration of strike
ForssaK-Citymarket ForssaKutomonkuja 1, 30100 ForssaKello 00.00-23.59
ForssaM.O.Virtanen Oy / K-citymarket ForssaKutomonkuja 1, 30100 ForssaKello 00.00-23.59
HämeenlinnaK-Citymarket HämeensaariHämeensaarentie 7, 13100 HämeenlinnaKello 00.00-23.59
HämeenlinnaMikko-Market Ky / K-Citymarket HämeensaariHämeensaarentie 7, 13100 HämeenlinnaKello 00.00-23.59
LahtiK-Citymarket PaavolaKauppakatu 13, 15140 LahtiKello 00.00-23.59
LahtiKauppias Somervaara Oy / K-Citymarket PaavolaKauppakatu 13, 15140 LahtiKello 00.00-23.59
NastolaTrinomi Oy Siivous / UponorKouvolantie 365, 15560 NastolaKello 00.00-23.59
HämeenlinnaLidl Hätilä HämeenlinnaLiikekatu 1, 13210 HämeenlinnaKello 17.00-23.59
HämeenlinnaLidl Tavastila HämeenlinnaEteläkatu 14, 13100 HämeenlinnaKello 17.00-23.59
HämeenlinnaLidl Tiiriö HämeenlinnaPitkätanhuankatu 4, 13130 HämeenlinnaKello 17.00-23.59
LahtiLidl Keskusta (Trio) LahtiVapaudenkatu 23, 15140 LahtiKello 17.00-23.59
OrimattilaLidl OrimattilaNiementie 1, 16300 OrimattilaKello 17.00-23.59

Pirkanmaa

CityObject of strikeAddressDuration of strike
TamperePirkanmaan Osuuskauppa, Prisma Koivistonkylä TampereLempääläntie 21, 33820 TampereKello 00.00-23.59
TamperePirkanmaan Osuuskauppa, Prisma Linnainmaa TampereLiikekatu 3, 33580 TampereKello 00.00-23.59
TampereH&M RatinaVuolteenkatu 1, 33100 TampereKello 10.00-20.00
TampereHH-Kiinteistöpalvelut Oy, kaikki Tampereen seudun palvelutViinikankatu 53 B, 33800 TampereKello 00.00-23.59
TampereKartanon Puhtauspalvelut Oy, kaikki Tampereen seudun palvelutJuvankatu 10, 33710 TampereKello 00.00-23.59
TampereKartanon Kiinteistöpalvelut Oy, kaikki Tampereen seudun  palvelutJuvankatu 10, 33710 TampereKello 00.00-23.59
TampereSOL Palvelut Oy, Prisma Linnainmaa TampereLiikekatu 3, 33580 TampereKello 00.00-23.59
TampereSOL Palvelut Oy, Valmet Technologies OyYrittäjänkatu 21, 33101 TampereKello 00.00-23.59
TampereSOL Palvelut Oy, Holiday Inn Tampere Central StationRautatienkatu 21, 33100 TampereKello 00.00-23.59
TampereL&T MetsäBoard TakoHallituskatu 1, 33200 TampereKello 00.00-23.59

Week 46

CityObject of strikeAddressDuration of strike
KotkaISS Palvelut Oy, Kauppakeskus Pasaati KotkaKeskuskatu 10, 48100 KotkaKello 00.00-23.59
KotkaISS Palvelut Oy, KotkamillsNorskankatu 6, 48100 KotkaKello 00.00-23.59
VekarajärviISS Palvelut Oy, Vekaranjärven varuskuntaVaruskuntatie 230, 46141 VekarajärviKello 00.00-23.59
MikkeliISS Palvelut Oy, Mölnlycke Health CareSaimaankatu 6, 50100 MikkeliKello 00.00-23.59
LappeenrantaL&T Siivous Oy, Fazer makeiset Lappeenrannan tehdasValtakatu 2, 53600 LappeenrantaKello 00.00-23.59
KouvolaKymen Seudun Osuuskauppa, Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna (vastaanottovirkailijat)Paimenpolku 2, 45100 KouvolaKello 00.00-23.59
KotkaKymen Seudun Osuuskauppa, Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone (vastaanottovirkailijat)Keskuskatu 21, 48100 KotkaKello 00.00-23.59
KouvolaKymen Seudun Osuuskauppa, Rosso & Coffee house KouvolaKauppalankatu 1, 45100 KouvolaKello 00.00-23.59
KouvolaKymen Seudun Osuuskauppa, Kouvola AmarilloKauppalankatu 13, 45100 KouvolaKello 00.00-23.59
PieksämäkiOsuuskauppa Suur-Savo, UKKO Bistro & DeliTallikankaankatu 3, 76100 PieksämäkiKello 00.00-23.59
PieksämäkiOsuuskauppa Suur-Savo, Prisma PieksämäkiKangaskatu 6, 76100 PieksämäkiKello 00.00-23.59
ImatraEtelä-Karjalan Osuuskauppa, Prisma ImatraKarhumäenkatu 1, 55120 ImatraKello 18.00-23.59
LappenrantaEtelä-Karjalan Osuuskauppa, Prisma LappeenrantaPuhakankatu 9-11, 53600 LappeenrantaKello 19.00-23.59
HaminaLidl HaminaMaariankatu 20, 49400 HaminaKello 17.00-23.59
KouvolaLidl KuusankoskiSepäntie 2, 45700 KouvolaKello 17.00-23.59

CityObject of strikeAddressDuration of strike
PoriKesko Oyj, K-Citymarket Pori MikkolaItäkeskuksenkaari 8, 28130 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriWahlroos & Färm avoin yhtiö, K-Citymarket Pori MikkolaItäkeskuksenkaari 8, 28130 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriPuuilo, Porin myymäläHelmentie 19, 28100 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriSatakunnan Osuuskauppa, Prisma Länsi-Pori (kauppa, pankki, kampaamo ja Emotion)Eteläväylä 2, 28610 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriSatakunnan Osuuskauppa, Prisma Mikkola (kauppa, pankki, kampaamo ja Emotion)Itäkeskuksenkaari 6, 28130 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriScandinavian Outdoor, Porin myymäläSiltapuistokatu 14, 28100 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriSatakunnan Osuuskauppa, Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, PoriGallen-Kallelankatu 7, 28100 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriSatakunnan Osuuskauppa, Ravintolamaailma Prisma Pori MikkolaItäkeskuksenkaari 6, 28130 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriVirkistyshotelli YyteriSipintie 1, 28840 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriLounasravintola TitaaniTitaanintie 1, 28840 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriLounasravintola WindyReposaaren maantie 170, 28880, PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriSOL Palvelut Oy, Aurubis Finland Oy Kuparitie 5, 28101 PoriKello 00.00-23.59
PoriRTK-Palvelu Oy, Porin työkohteetGallen-Kallelankatu 18, 28100 PoriKello 00.00-23.59

CityObject of strikeAddressDuration of strike
JyväskyläOsuuskauppa Keskimaa, S-market SavelaVehkakatu 5, 40700 JyväskyläKello 00.00-23.59
JyväskyläKesko Oyj, K-Citymarket Jyväskylä SeppäläVasarakatu 29, 40320 JyväskyläKello 00.00-23.59
JyväskyläV. A. Nurminen Oy, K-citymarket Jyväskylä SeppäläVasarakatu 29, 40320 JyväskyläKello 00.00-23.59
JyväskyläEspresso House Kauppakatu, JyväskyläKauppakatu 35, 40100 JyväskyläKello 00.00-23.59
JyväskyläOsuuskauppa Keskimaa, Original Sokos Hotel AlexandraHannikaisenkatu 35, 40100 JyväskyläKello 00.00-23.59
JyväskyläRTK-Palvelu Oy, Jyväskylän työkohteetOnkapannu 2, 40700 JyväskyläKello 00.00-23.59
JyväskyläISS Palvelut Oy, Flender Finland OyEteläportintie 17, 40530 JyväskyläKello 00.00-23.59
KokkolaKokkolan HalpaHalli Oy, LogistiikkakeskusKuljettajantie 4, 67800 KokkolaKello 11.00-23.59
KokkolaOsuuskauppa KPO, Kokkolan AmarilloKauppatori 4, 67100 KokkolaKello 14.00-23.00
PietarsaariKokkolan HalpaHalli Oy, Pietarsaaren tavarataloKanavapuistikko 19, 68600 PietarsaariKello 06.00-15.00
SeinäjokiEtelä-Pohjanmaan Osuuskauppa, Prisma Seinäjoki HyllykallioHyllykalliontie 2, 60510 SeinäjokiKello 00.00-23.59
SeinäjokiEtelä-Pohjanmaan Osuuskauppa, Emotion Seinäjoki, Prisma Parturi-kampaamo Hyllykallio, S-pankki HyllykallioHyllykalliontie 2, 60510 SeinäjokiKello 00.00-23.59
SeinäjokiScandic Seinäjoki, vastaanotto ja aamiainenKauppakatu 10, 60100 SeinäjokiKello 00.00-12.00
SeinäjokiEspresso House Epstori, SeinäjokiKalevankatu 4, 60100 SeinäjokiKello 00.00-23.59
SeinäjokiEtelä-Pohjanmaan Osuuskauppa, Ravintolamaailma Prisma HyllykallioHyllykalliontie 2, 60510 SeinäjokiKello 00.00-23.59
SuolahtiISS Palvelut Oy, Metsä Wood Suolahden vaneritehtaat, koivu- ja havuvanerituotannotVaneritehtaankatu 1, 44200 SuolahtiKello 00.00-23.59
TeerijärviL&T Siivous Oy, Raniplast OyTehtaantie 185, 68700 TeerijärviKello 00.00-23.59
VaasaOsuuskauppa KPO, Prisma LiisanlehtoElementtitehtaantie 1, 65380 VaasaKello 00.00-23.59
VaasaOsuuskauppa KPO, Emotion Liisanlehto, S-pankki LiisanlehtoElementtitehtaantie 1, 65380 VaasaKello 00.00-23.59
VaasaOsuuskauppa KPO, Ravintolamaailma Prisma LiisanlehtoElementtitehtaantie 1, 65380 VaasaKello 00.00-23.59
ÄänekoskiISS Palvelut Oy, Metsä Wood Äänekosken viilutehdasKuhnamontie 2, 44100 ÄänekoskiKello 00.00-23.59
ÄänekoskiISS Palvelut Oy, Meconet OyVanha Sotatie 2, 44250 ÄänekoskiKello 00.00-23.59
JyväskyläLidl Jyväskylä PalokkaSaarijärventie 63, 40270 JyväskyläKello 17.00-23.59
JyväskyläLidl Jyväskylä SeppäläVasarakatu 4, 40320 JyväskyläKello 17.00-23.59
JyväskyläLidl Jyväskylä KeljoKylmälahdentie 13, 40500 JyväskyläKello 17.00-23.59
JämsäLidl JämsäEsankatu 4, 42100 JämsäKello 17.00-23.59
SeinäjokiLidl Seinäjoki keskustaVerkatehtaankatu 12, 60100 SeinäjokiKello 17.00-23.59
SeinäjokiLidl Seinäjoki KapernaumiTehtaankatu 4b, 60100 SeinäjokiKello 17.00-23.59

Week 45

CityObject of the strikeAddressDuration of strike
JoensuuPohjois-Karjalan osuuskauppa, Sokos ja S-Pankki JoensuuSiltakatu 6, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuPohjois-Karjalan osuuskauppa, S-Parturi-kampaamo Sokos JoensuuSiltakatu 6, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuPohjois-Karjalan osuuskauppa, S-market Rantakatu Joensuu (Sokos)Rantakatu 19, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuEstee Lauder Finland Oy, Joensuun SokosSiltakatu 6, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuPohjois-Karjalan osuuskauppa, TorreroSiltakatu 8, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuPohjois-Karjalan osuuskauppa, AmarilloTorikatu 20, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuPohjois-Karjalan osuuskauppa, Coffee HouseTorikatu 20, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuPohjois-Karjalan osuuskauppa, Hesburger Sokos JoensuuSiltakatu 8, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuPohjois-Karjalan osuuskauppa, Original Sokos Hotel VaakunaTorikatu 20, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuPohjois-Karjalan osuuskauppa, BePop Street/BepopTorikatu 20, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuPohjois-Karjalan osuuskauppa, RossoSiltakatu 8, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuSOL palvelut, Sokos Joensuun kiinteistöRantakatu 19, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuRTK-Palvelu Oy, Sokos Joensuun kiinteistöRantakatu 19, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
JoensuuL&T Siivous Oy, AbloyWahlforssinkatu 20, 80100 JoensuuKello 00.00-23.59
KuopioL&T Siivous Oy, SAKKYHehkukatu 1, 70210 KuopioKello 00.00-23.59
LehmoISS Palvelut Oy, Medisize, EnsolantieEnsolantie 10, 80710 LehmoKello 00.00-23.59
LehmoISS Palvelut Oy, Medisize, LammintieLammintie 1, 80710 LehmoKello 00.00-23.59
SorsakoskiISS Palvelut Oy, Fiskars SorsakoskiSorsakoskentie 17, 79130 SorsakoskiKello 00.00-23.59
VarkausISS Palvelut Oy, Sumitomo VarkausRelanderinkatu 2, 78201 VarkausKello 00.00-23.59

CityObject of the strikeAddressDuration of strike
RaisioRusta Finland Oy, Raision tavarataloItäniityntie 11, 20320 RaisioKello 00.00-23.59
TurkuTurun Osuuskauppa, Turku Itäharjun PrismaKalevantie 41, 20520 TurkuKello 00.00-23.59
TurkuKesko Oyj, K-Citymarket Länsikeskus TurkuMarkulantie 150, 20320 TurkuKello 04.00-23.59
TurkuJ&P Jylli Oy, K-Citymarket Länsikeskus TurkuMarkulantie 150, 20320 TurkuKello 04.00-23.59
TurkuPostNord Oy, Turku varastoOvakonkatu 1, 20200 TurkuKello 00.00-23.59
KaarinaTurun Restapersonnel Oy – Hes-Pro (Finland Oy), Turku varasto Terottajankatu 3, 20780 KaarinaKello 06.00-14.30
TurkuISS Palvelut Oy, Bayer lääketehdas Turun tuotantolaitosPansiontie 47, 20210 TurkuKello 00.00-23.59
TurkuL&T Siivous Oy, Meyer telakka TurkuTelakkakatu 1, 20101 TurkuKello 00.00-23.59
TurkuL&T Kiinteistöhuolto Oy, Meyer telakka TurkuTelakkakatu 1, 20101 TurkuKello 00.00-23.59
TurkuSOL Palvelut, Turku Skanssin kauppakeskusSkanssinkatu 10, 20730 TurkuKello 00.00-23.59
TurkuSOL Palvelut, Turku S-Market ManhattanPitkämäenkatu 4, 20250 TurkuKello 00.00-23.59

CityObject of the strikeAddressDuration of strike
KuusamoRukakeskus Oy / rinne- ja liiketoiminnotRukakyläntie 8, 93830 RukatunturiKello 00.00-23.59
KajaaniCLEAN AND SAFE LAPPALAINEN OY, Pohjois-Suomen toiminnot Pakojankatu 5 E, 87400 KajaaniKello 9-13
OuluISS Palvelut Oy, Lynet-laboratoriotLinnanmaa K 5, 90570 OuluKello 9-14
OuluISS Palvelut Oy, OAMK (Linnanmaan kampus)Yliopistonkatu 9, 90570 OuluKello 9-14
OuluISS Palvelut Oy, Suomen ympäristökeskusPaavo Havaksen tie 3, 90570 OuluKello 9-14
OuluISS Palvelut Oy, Suomen luonnonvarakeskusPaavo Havaksen tie 3, 90570 OuluKello 9-14
OuluISS Palvelut Oy, Suomen yliopistokiinteistöt OyPentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90570 OuluKello 9-14
OuluISS Palvelut Oy, Oulun yliopisto (Linnanmaan kampus) Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90570 OuluKello 9-14
OuluISS Palvelut Oy, Kraton Chemical Oy Nuottasaarentie 17, 90400 OuluKello 10-14
OuluISS Palvelut Oy, EUROFINS NAB LABS OYNuottasaarentie 17, 90400 OuluKello 10-14
OuluSol Palvelut Oy, Stora  Enson Nuottasaaren tehdasalueen toiminnot Nuottasaarentie 17, 90400 OuluKello 10-14
OuluCoor Service Management OY, Rehapolis 1&2Kiviharjunlenkki 4-6, 90220 OuluKello 10-14
RovaniemiCoor Service Management OY, Lapin AMK Jokiväylä 1, 96300 RovaniemiKello 10-14
KajaaniKajaanin Huoltokeskus Oy, kaikki toiminnotKirkkoahonkatu 7, 87250 KajaaniKello 12-16
KajaaniDynava Oy, kaikki toiminnot Kajaanin toimipisteessä Tehdaskatu 15, 87100 KajaaniKello 12-16

New strike locations for Tuesday evening

RaaheKesko Oyj, K-Citymarket Raahe Ollinkalliontie 2, 92120 RaaheKello 17.10-21.10
RaaheHärmä&Pääkkö Oy, K-citymarket Raahe Ollinkalliontie 2, 92120 RaaheKello 17.10-21.10
RaaheHalpa-Halli Oy, Raahen tavaratalo Uimahallintie 9, 92100 RaaheKello 17.10-21.10

Why has PAM declared political strikes? 

#SeriousGrounds is a cry of alarm from the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) and its affiliated unions on behalf of employees and the unemployed.  The Government’s policies create insecurity and out right poverty traps.

We are organising political strikes because the Government is already preparing legislation that dramatically cuts service workers incomes and erode their rights, and thus threatens to permanently weaken the status of employees. Political strikes are legal forms of industrial action.

What should I do when PAM declares a strike?

  1. Check with you union representative (luottamusmies) if your work is on strike , and if so, when and where. 
  2. Read PAM’s instructions and FAQ’s on this page. If you have questions, ask your union representative or call PAM’s employment advice helpline.
  3. Join as a member. You are entitled to strike pay when you have joined PAM no later than on the first day of a strike. You can join using the online membership form, by telephone 030 100 630 or at the regional office.
  4. Check that your co-workers know about the strike and are PAM members. If s/he is not yet a member, recommend s/he join today
  5. Don’t work during the strike. You don’t have to tell the employer in advance that you are going on strike.
  6. Apply for strike pay after the strike. The electronic form will open on Friday of the week of the strike. 

Do not shop or accept shifts at a strike site

If the employer offers a shift from a strike site during the strike, do not accept the shift. The work at the location is on strike. And don’t do business with the strike site if it’s open. It’s important to work together during a strike.

Frequently asked questions about political strikes 

Political strikes

The aim of a political strike is to affect a societal issue, not the terms and conditions of employment in a collective agreement. 

Political strikes are legal. The right to strike on political grounds protected by the Finnish Constitution and international treaties.

Unlike for strikes related to collective bargaining, there’s no time limit set in law or in PAM’s collective agreements on when notice of a political strike must be given. 

We are not opposed to employers or the government. These strikes are resistance to proposals from the Orpo-Purra Government that would unreasonably weaken job security, drastically cut social welfare, and restrict the right to strike.  

In the strikes workers will walkout from the workplace, which will disrupt the operations of businesses. Such disruptions are an aspect of a right to political industrial action that is protected under the Finnish Constitution and in international treaties. 

We want the Orpo-Purra Government to withdraw its policies that hurt workers. The Orpo-Purra Government has decided to erode workers standing in order to pay for their economic program and benefit their backers.

The Orpo-Purra Government has already begun preparing many proposals to undermine working conditions, cut social welfare and restrict the right to strike. The Government is already seeking to introduce a major segment of these losses and cuts within a year. Some of the cuts in unemployment benefit have alreade taken effect at the start of 2024. 

Read more about this Government’s policies

We have been forced to take this action, because the Orpo-Purra Government has not listened to the legitimate concerns of workers. The tripartite working groups set up by the Government are largely a pretence at consultation, because the Government has already determined the outcome in advance. No other government has behaved in this way for decades. 

PAM’s Executive Committee decides on when and where there will be a strike. You get information about a SeriousGrounds strike at your workplace from your union representative (luottamusmies) and PAM’s regional office. Each strike location is also made public on this website the day before the strike.

Strike locations

Yes, you can. But in order to get strike pay you need to be a union member when the strike begins.

Read more about strike pay

Taking part in a strike

No. Strike action is a legal right of workers. PAM will give notice of the strike to the employers. Workers don’t need to notify their employer of strike action beforehand. The employer is not allowed to ask whether a worker will participate in a strike or if they are a member of the union. 

No. The right to strike is a fundamental right. If your employer pressures you or your co-workers, inform your union representative (luottamusmies) or PAM regional office right away. 

A strike is a collective action decided by a trade union. As an individual worker you cannot decided to go on strike on your own. 

There are other ways you can take action and support PAM’s demands. Read more

You apply for strike pay by filling out an electronic form after the strike.

You can apply for strike pay if you would have had a minimum four hour work shift at the strike location. Payment of strike pay requires that you’re a paying member of PAM or another trade union and that your membership started no later than the day of the strike.

The application form will be available on Friday of the week of the strike. Only fill the application once.

More on strike pay, eligibility, and how to apply here.

You do not need to register for a strike in advance. After the strike you can apply for strike pay and that is confirmation that you took part. 

Read more about strike pay

You leave your shift when the strike begins. 

Do the closing work – for example locking up, carefully as you normally would – before the strike starts. It is good to agree beforehand how the closing work will be done so that leaving the workplace goes well. If need be, you can hand over the keys against a receipt or in some other way that proves you have given the keys back.

You leave your shift when the strike starts. You don’t return to work in the middle of a shift if the strike ends during your shift.

Example 1: The shift starts at 4:00 and the strike starts at 6:00.
You go to work as normal at 4:00 and finish working at 6:00 when the strike begins.

Example 2: Shift is at 22:00-6:00, and the strike ends at 23:59.
You don’t go to work in the middle of the shift. You go back to work when your next shift starts.

Yes, you can. As a worker of a temporary agency, you don’t need to and should not do work that is covered by the strike.

As a temporary agency worker, you can strike if: 

  • you work at a location that is covered by the strike 
  • you are called by the agency to work at a strike location during the strike. 

Even if you are called into work, you can decline. You can apply for strike pay, if you would have had at least a four hour shift during the work stoppage and you therefore loose income.

Read more about strike pay

The employer cannot make you work at a location that is on strike. The strike covers the work done at the strike location.

If you have agreed in your employment contract to rotate at several locations and don’t have a regular work site, you just do your work as usual. A move cannot be made outside your regular work sites. The employer cannot in a strike rely on your contractual obligation to work at different establishments within the company.

If you do gig work, you can take work that is not covered by the strike. In a strike you should refuse to work at a strike location.

If your employer threatens with repercussions, contact your union representative (luottamusmies) or the regional office immediately.

Don’t go to work. The strike also applies to part-time workers. Work at specific workplaces are on strike, and that work should not be done. 

You can apply for strike pay if: 

  • you are a paying member of PAM or another trade union  (Note! YTK is not a trade union) 
  • you lose income because of the strike and your shift would have been at least four hours long. 

Read more about strike pay

If you are doing compulsory work training at a strike site you should see the union representative for instructions in case your studies could be delayed by taking part in the strike. In general, no-one should do work covered by a strike.

If you work in one of PAM’s sectors, for example as a cleaner or or in the staff restaurant, at a another trade union’s strike location, then your work is not part of the strike.

If you work for example as a child nurse at a kindergarten where the trade union JHL has declared a strike, then you go on strike with the other employees and apply for strike pay from the trade union that declared the strike, in this case JHL. More information available on the website or via the helpline of the union that declared the strike.

You need not and should not do the work of an employee that is on strike. PAM’s Executive Committee decides the companies and locations of the strike. You can decline.

During a strike

PAM has announced in its strike notification that strikes will be carried out in such a way that the advance polling stations for Presidential Elections in connection with commercial premises can function normally during the strikes. What does this mean?

  • The strike in the retail sector drawn at the checkout counters. Even if the entire shop is closed, advance voting is still possible because the advance polling station is never located inside the shop, but in the general premises of the commercial property.
  • Election officers at advance polling stations are trained and paid by the municipality. Employees covered by the Commerce sector collective agreement do not work at polling stations and therefore the strike does not result in absences of election officers.
  • The strike does not prevent the opening of general premises and polling stations, as shop spaces can be closed by means of gates and various barriers for the duration of the strike, even though the public spaces of the property are open on the day of the strike.
  • If, in normal circumstances, a guard or property services employee is needed to open and close the general premises, such work is excluded from the strike and is allowed during the strike to enable advance voting. If, under normal circumstances, private security services have been designed to ensure public safety, such activities are also excluded from the strike. If an employee subject to the Commerce sector collective agreement performs postal functions at the establishment and the postal office in question handles delivery of advance voting envelopes, such work is also excluded from the strike.
  • Service Union United PAM and employees organised in PAM are not responsible for the opening, closing nor the public security of commercial property, but it is the owners and the companies operating in the property that are responsible to ensure for the accessibility of the public spaces in the property.

If there are unexpected situations outside the situations referred to above that may endanger advance voting, the questions can be addressed by e-mail to lakko@pam.fi or jarjesto@pam.fi.

If the training takes place outside your workplace, you can take part in it. 

If you become sick before a strike starts and you are sick on the day of the strike, you must be paid sick pay as usual for the time of the strike. Send your medical certificates to your employer without delay and tell your employer when you recover. 

If you become sick after going on strike, legal practice is that the employer doesn’t have to pay you sick pay for strike days. However, you are entitled to health insurance daily allowances. 

An employer is not allowed to put an employee in an unequal position on the basis of union activity. The employee has the right to use occupational health services on the day of a strike. The same goes for other benefits such as vouchers for culture and sports.

You can always ask for help from your union representative (luottamusmies). Please contact him or her if you have any questions!

You can also call the employment helpline Monday-Wednesday from 10am to 8pm at 030 100 625 or email lakko@pam.fi

A strike picket represents the workers on strike and PAM in front of the strike location. If you are a member of PAM you can become a strike picket. It is indeed recommended. 

Pickets ensure order in front of striking workplaces, distribute strike bulletins, tell persons arriving at the workplace that a strike is on, monitor employers’ actions and report to the strike committee on consumers’ comments and impressions and any strike-breakers etc.  

Pickets are not entitled to prevent anyone entering the workplace or to meet without permission inside the workplace. 

As a picket you can also be on duty outside a striking workplace where you do not work yourself. You can register as a picket by e-mailing your regional office. Picket duty shifts are arranged in advance, with the length of shifts adapted to working times and conditions at the workplace. Pickets always carry a PAM badge. 

How strike affects pay, holidays and employment

Wages or for example lunch vouchers are not paid for the day you are on strike. PAM compensates the lost income by paying strike pay to union members that went on strike. Read more about strike pay

Employees are in principle obliged to try to get to work by all reasonable means.

If there is no replacement public transport, you have no car, carpooling or cycling is not possible due to the length of the journey, a strike may be considered a valid reason to stay away from work. In these circumstances, absence cannot be considered unjustified, and therefore cannot lead to a warning or other consequences. However, the employer is not obliged to pay wages during the absence.

It is recommended that you explain the situation to your employer in advance and agree on how to proceed.

No. The right to strike is a fundamental right. Everybody has the right to take part in a strike. The Criminal Code forbids discrimination at work, that means an employer is not allowed to treat a worker differently because they took part in strike action. 

Therefore an employer is not allowed to terminate an employment contract or to terminate the employment of anyone on probation or a temporary contract. An employer may not discriminate against an employee taking part in strike action, for example when deciding on working hours, working time, pay rises and so on. (Criminal Code, Chapter 47, Section 3). 

If your employer threatens you, you should contact your union representative (luottamusmies) or PAM regional office. We at PAM take all threats seriously and investigate them. 

The start of a strike does not interrupt annual holiday that has already begun. Employers must pay holiday pay as normal before a strike starts. 

If your holiday ends when the strike is on, contact your union representative. Payment of holiday bonus requires going back to work after the holiday. Talk to you union representative about any arrangements regarding this. 

If a strike starts before agreed annual holiday, the worker is on strike and the holiday is rescheduled. 

If a strike and pre-announced holiday start on the same day, the worker is on annual holiday, since annual holiday starts at 00.00 and the strike only afterwards (that is when your shift would start). 

Still got questions? Contact PAM’s helpline

Questions regarding strikes can be asked on the employment relationship helpline weekdays from 10am to 2 pm. or send a message in the eService.

Join PAM – we are stronger together!

The more we are, the stronger our voice is heard. The month you join is free. You are entitled to strike pay when you have joined PAM no later than on the first day of a strike. In the SeriousGrounds strikes the strike pay is 60 euros (46,80 euros after tax is withheld).

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We reward members of PAM who recommend PAM membership. When your friend joins PAM, you can choose from S Group, Lidl and K Group gift cards: €10 for one member, and €250 for five members! 

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